Argosy creates unique cruising experiences on wooden yachts in Greece. We are the exclusive source in Greece for chartering only wooden yachts. We own and operate our own wooden yacht and manage other wooden yachts in Greece.
In our fleet you find “artisanal yachts,” so named because the ships are wholly handcrafted from fine woods in a traditional style. The technique is ancient. The result is modern.
Our sailing cruises are are featured in National Geographic Adventures.
Member since 2012 via Argosy’s parent Aegean Adventures .
Licensed by Greece National tourist Office as tour operator Aegean Adventures .
Named a “top ten tour operator on Earth” three years in a row for cycling by National Geographic Adventures .
We have combined our expertise on land and at sea in a unique concept that offers active and leisure activities exclusively on comfortable wooden yachts.
Activities during cruises include biking, kayaking, fishing, hiking, culinary classes, scuba diving, snorkeling, yoga, wine tasting, sight seeing and other events to enrich our guests Greece experience. Equipment used for activities is either on board or brought to each port by our team.
We are able to provide high quality experiences on land and sea because of our long time history and expertise as specialty travel tour operators, under different brands, such as, Aegean Adventures, CycleGreece and EcoAthens.
We have received acclaim from such prestigious sources as National Geographic Adventures and Outside magazine.
When your group books an Argosy cruise, we work with you to select the island region and the activities. We offer activities on land and sea.
Activities can be active and athletic at different levels depending on ability. Or the activities can be lesiure with a gentle pace. Cruises can also have a combination of active and leisure activities.
Your cruise can have a theme that focuses on one activity. For example, Sail & Cycle is devoted to biking at each island destination. For a second example, a Culinary Cruise focuses on Greece’s rich cuisine in each island with cooking classes, walking food tours or olive oil or honey tastings at each port of call.
Sail and Cycle is the most heavenly slow motion way to travel on land and sea. The yacht holds up to 30 bikes. Guests can pedal around harbor towns or go deep inland with a guide for longer rides.
For years our team has been tracking Greek roads with a GPS. We have scouted and amassed dozens of GPS tracks all over the Greek mainland and the islands. These tracks form the basis for our many cycling routes that we share with guests.
We offer road bikes and hybrid bikes and on request e-bikes.
Most islands have plenty of paths that used to be the only means of travel for the islanders. They are stone paved or dirt trails. The represent evidence of a lingering nature and cultural evidence connnection of modern islanders to their ancestors.
Many paths were old donkey paths, some of which are still used to this day by locals. It’s quaint to see donkeys and riders while hiking.
For hikers and walkers, the paths are a deep immersion into the island’s essence. A cruise guide always accompanies a hiking group to ensure no one gets lost as often the paths are not marked.
On an Argosy cruise several kayaks are kept on board of one-man and two-man variety. Upon request, additional kayaks can be available especially if a Sea Sports Cruise is requested which specifies daily sea activities for all passengers.
Kayakers may paddle around the vicinity of the ship on their own, usually when anchored in a secluded cove. For kayakers wanting an extended journey, a guide from the ship leads the group.
Beginner kayakers can take a class from the ship’s guide to learn the basics. The Greek waters tend to be mild and thus offer an apprpriate learning environment for new kayakers.
The beauty of a private yacht is its ability to take passengers to secluded coves where you have the sea to yourself. Snorkeling is better far from crowded beaches because the noise drives the fish away. In isolated spots one finds dozens of colorful fish and sea life.
Greek waters offer exceptional visibility in the summer often with 30 or more meters. Summer water temperatures range from 22 to 27 degrees, but when the sun strong in spring, fall or winter the water is warm enough to swim and snorkel. Another attribute of Greece waters is no current or tide.
The best snorkeling time is early morning or late afternoon, one or two hours before sunset. Argosy captains tend to take swimmers to secluded bays and coves at this time.
Scuba diving in Greece is a sensitive matter since there are so many ancient wrecks with undiscovered antiquities subject to underwater theives. Thus, for history’s sake, the Greek authorities made it illegal to dive in Greece or charter a yacht for diving. But all that changed in in 2006 when the European Union compelled Greece to open its seas to scuba diving.
Upon request Argosy yachts provide scuba diving with PADI guides during cruises, especially in a Scuba Dive Cruise that would devote itself and the passengers to one or two daily dives. An additional boat accompanies the yacht to hold the diving gear and active divers.
Masks, fins, snorkels, wet suits, weights and underwater lights are provided as part of a Scuba Dive Cruise, as well as spear guns that enable divers to catch fresh fish. The Apollon yacht has an outdoor grill so you can cook and eat the very fish you speared that day!
Greece is only 250 miles away from Africa which means it has warm waters that attract species like sailfish, marlin, wahoo, short and long bill spearfish, tuna and swordfish. It’s a thrill to go “big game fishing” off the yacht in the high seas of Greece. Haul in your catch and then cook it on Apollon’s outdoor grill and have it for dinner the same day.
Every island in Greece and the mainland ports have their special spots for fine fishing and the captain of each yacht knows exactly where to steer the boat for the best catches. It is not unusual to encounter edible fish that come only from that island.
If you charter an Argosy yacht exclusively for a Fishing Cruise, the captain and crew know where on each island you can find the clearest water, the best sea bottoms and the most variety of fish.
Greek food is one of the most beloved features of a Greece vacation. So many different types of dishes and tastes are unique to the Greek palate. And it is one of the healthiest diets in the world, rarely spicy, yet rich in its original natural flavors.
On a cruise, take time for intimate interaction with Greek cuisine. Try a traditional Greek cooking class with local cooks whose recipes are handed down from grandma. Sometimes you accompany the cook to the market or pick ingredients from a garden. You help prepare the meal and eat the fruits of your labor.
Also popular are walking food tours sampling local specialties as you stroll from one shop or market stall or taverna to the next. Other foodie activities include olive oil tasting and honey tasting sessions. In Athens, we take you to the unique Gastronomy Museum.
Wine making may well be Greece’s best kept secret. Although Greeks have been producing wine for millennia, in the last 25 years there has been a tremendous investment in modern technology wholly transforming Greek viticulture. Yet, because so little Greek wine is exported, foreigners are deprived the pleasure to taste the truly marvelous varieties of Greek wine.
It is no surprise that a very popular activity during a Day Sail or Multi-Day Cruise are wine tasting sessions at wineries and vineyards, most of which have been in a family for three and four generations. You taste 4-5 wines and an explanation from a local expert.
For wine enthusiasts and professionals, request a Wine Cruise a professional wine expert on board. The cruise can be be for one day tasting wines while sailing the Greek seas. Or a Wine Cruise can last multiple days to enable guests to disembark and visit multiple wineries at multiple destinations.
Many sailing guests practice yoga at home and want to continue their practice when traveling.
Depending on the yacht, each ship has room on deck for several yoga mats. For group yoga, the yacht takes you to secluded beaches at dawn or dusk, a magical time and place for a downward dog and other poses.
Many islands have yoga centers near the harbor.
As the Cradle of Western Civilization, Greece is overflowing with legendary ancient sites including World Heritage Sites. Virtually every destination in Greece has antiquities and museums worth exploring.
Look on a map to see Greece’s strategic location as a land and sea crossroads between three continents. Years of past invaders means that sight seeing in Greece offers ruins and relics from diverse eras,lands and cultures: the Greek Classic period, the Roman era, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman occupation.
On an Argosy cruise, sightseeing is a sought-after activity. We arrange for professional guides, as this is the optimum way to explore an archaeology sites. Walking amidst ruins without a guide is like watching a movie with the sound turned off. With whisper lite ear phones the guide brings you a full panoramic historical picture.
Greece is swimming in traditional culture. Arts and crafts, customs and practices hark back to past centuries and even past millennia. Pottery techniques, for example, in Crete stem were developed in the ancient Minoan era and are still replicated in at least four centers on that island. This is but one example of what a rich culture you encounter traveling in Greece.
On day sails and cruises, guests experience a wide array of Greek arts and culture when the yacht docks in port. Examples include visits to pottery making centers, marble sculptors, Greek dancing, local Greek music, traditional musical instruments and soap workshops using organic olive oil.
A Greek Culture Cruise is dedicated to daily encounters with traditional treasures and the local people who produce them.
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